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what matters most?

So here’s the question….what matters most to you?

Let’s see if I can help you make your list: your family (spouse, children, parents, siblings), your physical health, your relationship with God, your job, your finances, your mental or emotional health, watching your favorite TV shows, eating your favorite foods, playing golf or some other activity, sleeping, reading, etc…..the list goes on and on.

What’s interesting is that most of the people I know would have similar lists to the one listed above, albeit in different orders of priority. What I’m curious about is— is your list (and my list) really true?

Seriously, let’s face it – what matters most gets our time and attention (and money). If you have a sweet media room in your basement….just sayin’… (by the way, I have a pretty sweet media room in my basement, and YES, you can come over and watch Captain America: Winter Soldier with me in 3D.

But I challenge you to really think about what gets your time, attention, money, and focus. Is it your work? Lately, my work has been consuming the VAST majority of my time, attention, and energy – at the expense of sleep, and restfulness, mostly. I’m not proud of it, but I know it’s true. Heck, I don’t even have time to watch all the shows I’ve DVR’d, even with skipping all the commercials.

After my body shut me down hard this week and prevented me from being able to go to work, I began to get the message: STOPPPPPPPPPP!!!!! All the time in the day still won’t be enough to ever complete everything. Tomorrow’s still coming and there will be more than enough to do then. It was as if a lightbulb not just went off, but exploded in my mind: I’m just not that important. You see, when I start trying to “do it all” or “be it all” or whatever, it’s actually a form of pride, as if I think the world just won’t make it unless I accomplish (fill in the blank). In truth, the world has done pretty well without me, and will keep spinning when I’m gone. But the PEOPLE who love me would rather I find a healthier rhythm of life, since they’d like to see me stick around a while.

So, I’m going to make the effort to not try to do it all, and find a better balance to life. I’m going back to my list: God, family, then everything else. It’s a little tricky, since my “work” is being a pastor. That’s when the lines can seem to get blurred. By I am finding peace in knowing that I’m not God, and thus, I’m not “responsible” for everyone He’s put under my care. I’m responsible for myself and my family first and foremost….now if I can just quit being busy long enough to really let that sink in. Pray for me, and I’ll return the favor.

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